As we are all aware of the rising COVID infections, pertaining to the same, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has ordered to cancel all upcoming junior inter-state tournaments till the end of May.
Jay Shah (BCCI Secretary) told the BCCI associates about the same through an email on 16.03.2021. In his email, the BCCI Secretary said that their basic motive was to get in as many matches as possible that are practicable across varied age groups in the season. But sadly due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the board has to call off all tournaments pertaining to all age groups. This has been done keeping in mind the re-surge in COVID cases. Also, the tournament requires a lot of travel between states which would further lead to following strict quarantine measures and maintaining the bio-secure bubbles for all those participating in the tournament. Also, due to the rising cases, a few states have imposed full lockdown conditions.
The BCCI had earlier announced that it would stage the under-19 boys’ one-day tournament when it had organised the limited overs’ tournament for senior men and women. However, the chances of no junior cricket-under-16 and under 23 events had already been cancelled are greater now with the BCCI has decided to not host the Vinoo Mankad Trophy or the Cooch Behar Trophy at least till the end of the IPL.
Another reason was the upcoming class 10 & 12 Board Examination in the country. It is important that the youth gets the opportunity to prepare and focus during these crucial stepping stones. Also, everyone’s health, safety and well-being is the primary objective of the Board. Shah also assured that the board would continue exploring a new window for organising the age-group tournaments post the IPL 2021 tournament.